The new Land Rover Defender is go!

Published by: Keith Adams, AROnline, on 30 June 2020.

News : Land Rover Defender Hard Top breaks cover.

The van version of the Land Rover Defender 90 and 110 will be officially called the Land Rover Defender Hard Top when it goes on sale later in 2020. Described as ‘Land Rover’s most capable and durable commercial vehicle ever,’ the new Defender Hard Top is expected to sell for an indicated £35,000.

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Both versions are being engineered by Land Rover’s Coventry-based Special Vehicle Operations division, which is also responsible for creating the current Land Rover Discovery Commercial 4×4. This will continue alongside the Defender Hard Top. In case you’re wondering what Six Three Three means on the side of the van – it’s an amusing reference to he film 633 Squadron, which featured a number of Land Rovers (a fact that’s impossible seeing as the film was set during WW2).

While the Hard Top name was originally used on series Land Rovers in the 1950s with a ‘demountable’ hard top roof, the new van has a fixed metal roof, and is painted to follow the lines of the original. The Land Rover Hard Top will have a towing capacity of up to 3500kg, be able to carrying up to 300kg on the roof, and share the 900mm wading depth of its passenger vehicle cousin.

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Land Rover hasn’t shared technical details yet, but expect it to be powered by a pair of 2.0-litre Ingenium turbodiesels – the D200 and D240 – but the P200 petrol may be offered in some markets, too. An eight-speed automatic gearbox with low-range setting and four-wheel drive will be standard fit.

Prices for the Defender Hard Top are expected to start at £35,500 plus VAT ( . . . ?!). For that you’ll get a base-spec D200 on steel wheels and with basic trim – although that’s a huge step over the over original version. Like the passenger version, it’s full customisable, and we expect many will be seen sporting more extreme-looking body options.

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NOTE: Not a muddy boot - are farmer - in sight !! Presumably, as "commercials", these will be VAT free ?!
 
Published by: Keith Adams, AROnline, on 30 June 2020.

News : Land Rover Defender Hard Top breaks cover.

The van version of the Land Rover Defender 90 and 110 will be officially called the Land Rover Defender Hard Top when it goes on sale later in 2020. Described as ‘Land Rover’s most capable and durable commercial vehicle ever,’ the new Defender Hard Top is expected to sell for an indicated £35,000.

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Both versions are being engineered by Land Rover’s Coventry-based Special Vehicle Operations division, which is also responsible for creating the current Land Rover Discovery Commercial 4×4. This will continue alongside the Defender Hard Top. In case you’re wondering what Six Three Three means on the side of the van – it’s an amusing reference to he film 633 Squadron, which featured a number of Land Rovers (a fact that’s impossible seeing as the film was set during WW2).

While the Hard Top name was originally used on series Land Rovers in the 1950s with a ‘demountable’ hard top roof, the new van has a fixed metal roof, and is painted to follow the lines of the original. The Land Rover Hard Top will have a towing capacity of up to 3500kg, be able to carrying up to 300kg on the roof, and share the 900mm wading depth of its passenger vehicle cousin.

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Land Rover hasn’t shared technical details yet, but expect it to be powered by a pair of 2.0-litre Ingenium turbodiesels – the D200 and D240 – but the P200 petrol may be offered in some markets, too. An eight-speed automatic gearbox with low-range setting and four-wheel drive will be standard fit.

Prices for the Defender Hard Top are expected to start at £35,500 plus VAT ( . . . ?!). For that you’ll get a base-spec D200 on steel wheels and with basic trim – although that’s a huge step over the over original version. Like the passenger version, it’s full customisable, and we expect many will be seen sporting more extreme-looking body options.

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NOTE: Not a muddy boot - are farmer - in sight !! Presumably, as "commercials", these will be VAT free ?!
Excellent - need to see how we can fit one of these out for kit and a roof cage.
 
Hi ho Sloan Ranger!

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Toyota and the other Japanese makers will be rolling on the floor in fits of hysterics
 
Hi ho Sloan Ranger!

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Toyota and the other Japanese makers will be rolling on the floor in fits of hysterics
Too right - Its pointless why not just buy a Hi Lux - Its not as if theres an almost** direct competitor at similar pricing in Toyotas line up

Oh wait so there is
The Land Cruiser Commercial | New Cars | Toyota UK (Which appeared on the market following the Defenders demise almost as though Toyota sought to fill a niche)

Looked at this myself a while back as in case i decide the 300TDI is too hard to drive - think now id want to play it off against the Defender


So other than its British built and doesnt have a Toyota badge so is obviously absolute shit - Why exactly are Toyota rolling on the floor in hysterics.
Can you see a genuine problem or are you just on your brit = shit hobby horse again

**The shitty Defender being pointless crap offers higher towing weights and greater payload.
 
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Both versions are being engineered by Land Rover’s Coventry-based Special Vehicle Operations division, which is also responsible for creating the current Land Rover Discovery Commercial 4×4. This will continue alongside the Defender Hard Top. In case you’re wondering what Six Three Three means on the side of the van – it’s an amusing reference to he film 633 Squadron
Except the side of the wagon very clearly says "six six three", not "six three three". So in this, the author is talking bollocks. Still, that's never stopped a journalist before now...
 

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2 litre engine .....? that won't pull the skin off a rice pudding then ..... why not the V6 at least that has some grunt
Indeed. Ineos Grenadier firmly pissing on their chips with the new generation BMW straight six.

But wait...


That fills a big gap.
 
NOTE: Not a muddy boot - are farmer - in sight !! Presumably, as "commercials", these will be VAT free ?!
Pedant hat on. There’s no such thing as VAT free. A VAT registered business would be able to claim the VAT back. Anyone else would pay VAT, including a non-VAT registered second hand purchaser. Pedant hat off.

IMHO JLR have a potential winner here; this has near zero competitors. The Japanese commercial 4x4s are all twin cabs, with all the compromises of leaf springs and the security issues of a separate load tray. One thing that puzzles me slightly; the 110 has rear doors but apparently no second row of seats? A second removable row of seats would be good.
 
Indeed. Ineos Grenadier firmly pissing on their chips with the new generation BMW straight six.

But wait...


That fills a big gap.
200 or 240 bhp and plenty of torque. They’ll get the 400 bhp 6 later. That’s plenty of power for a commercial vehicle.

That Toyota Highlander is an archetypal school run SUV. Been sold here as the Kluger for years; you only ever see yummy mummies driving them. No-one would ever take a Kluger far off-road; it’s not a working vehicle. Could sell quite well in the UK; it’s a bit smaller than a Landcruiser Prado and a lot smaller than a proper Landcruiser.
 

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... One thing that puzzles me slightly; the 110 has rear doors but apparently no second row of seats? A second removable row of seats would be good.
There are three seating options for the 110
three plus three, two plus three or two plus three plus two. All front row, middle row and 'loadspace'
It's difficult to find photos to link to, try the 'build your LandRover' pages
 
That fills a big gap.
Not in my world ....wouldn't even take it into a field and expect it to come out again
That's a soft roader but shows how Toyota UK have lost the plot when they bring that in and not the proper Landcruiser in any form .....
 
There are three seating options for the 110
three plus three, two plus three or two plus three plus two. All front row, middle row and 'loadspace'
It's difficult to find photos to link to, try the 'build your LandRover' pages
That’s good. The press release refers to them both being available as 2 or 3 seats; I didn’t delve into the build app. Can’t see how they can put seats in the back of a 90 and still be a commercial vehicle though; there won’t be much load space!

I can really see how a 2+3 110 would work for us. We’ve steered clear of a twin cab for security reasons; this would be perfect for my OH who is a visiting vet.
 

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